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Stephen Avenue Walk

8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B3, Canada (Southwest Calgary)
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Ranked #27 of 228 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Malls, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Traveler Description: Stephen Avenue Walk is an historic downtown pedestrian mall which is one of the few National Historic Districts within Canada. Many of the... more »
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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lots of activities and places to shop. You can watch the Parade of Wonders before Comic Con or grab fish and chips on an outdoor patio. Fairly quiet after dark, though. Lots of the shops close at 6. Check hours of your chosen establishment before going down.

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Reston, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Lots of restaurants, cafés, and some stores. Many had outside seating. Closed to traffic. Many hanging baskets, so it was very colorful.

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Farmington, UT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We found this street on the last day in Calgary and didn't get to spend much time there, but this is the place to go for souveniers, dining and entertainment all in one place. They block 4-5 blocks off to traffic and you can just walk down the middle of the street where vendors have their wares. Lots of interesting... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stephen Avenue is a walkable main street downtown. It is lined with boutiques and cafes. It feels like you are in Europe in the middle of a busy city. It has beautiful architecture and you can feel the history of the city as you walk. You can see people casually talking on the sidewalk near a cafe and people quickly... More

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Calgary, Canada
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216 reviews 216 reviews
37 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Stephen Avenue Walk is about a 4 or 5 block pedestrian mall. It is closed to traffic during the daytime but allows cars after 6:00 pm. Compared to other pedestrian malls in world cities, it is rather short and not very exciting, but for Calgarians, where the car is king, it is nice to be able to stroll downtown without... More

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Calgary, Canada
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196 reviews 196 reviews
36 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This street is several blocks long and is designated for pedestrians only during the day. In the evenings cars are allowed -- so be careful where you are walking. During the day there are often street vendors and market tents set up - as well as entertainers. Both sides of the mall have numerous restaurants and some smaller independent shops.... More

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Evergreen, Colorado, Usa
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I loved walking this avenue and we have something similar in Denver but ours has buses that run up and down it and this one is just for pedestrians only so it was much more enjoyable to walk.

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Winnipeg, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you like afternoon walks and watching people, go ahead and check out Stephen Avenue. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. Very touristy and busy at certain times. But since it is close to other Calgary attractions, taking a stroll here would be a good idea.

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Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you have a day in Calgary and want to get a sense of the city and eat out - its probably a good idea to visit - lots of restaurant options in the area. Some shopping as well - but dont expect more. Restaurants seemed very busy and it was difficult to get a table in many of them... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Looking for legacies...notice the dates on the foundations stones; looking for bargains...notice the prices that make fingers fidget around purses; looking for a good meal with good friends...notice the open-air venues that give you a chance to call over a passing acquaintance...Stephen Avenue has what you are looking for. Expect surprises...bands, jugglers, street entertainers...a piano to play...expect the pleasantly unexpected.... More

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